THE REMOVAL of Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa seems imminent, with Home Minister Rajnath Singh reported to have conveyed during a meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday that his continuation at the post has become untenable.
According to sources, during their meeting, Singh conveyed to Mukherjee that the Centre has lost confidence in Rajkhowa.
Rajkhowa could be removed as Governor as early as Thursday evening, when a two-day special session of the Arunachal Pradesh assembly convened to ratify the GST Constitution Amendment Bill concludes, sources said.
The Indian Express had first reported that weeks after the Supreme Court restored the Congress government in the state and censured the Governor for “humiliating the elected government of the day”, the Centre asked Rajkhowa to put in his papers “on health grounds.”
A defiant Rajkhowa has, however, refused to step down and said he would only go if the President dismissed him. Speaking to a Guwahati-based TV channel on Monday, the Governor had said, “I will not resign. I want them to dismiss me. Let the President express his displeasure. Let the government use provisions of Article 156 of the Constitution.”